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The Journey to Enterprise Agility


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Table of Contents

Today's Problems with Enterprise Business Software.- The Scholars of Systems Thinking.- Worldview and Intentions.- Seven Principles of Systems Thinking for Software Development.- Redefining Professionalism.- Scaling and Sustaining - Avoiding Mechanical Behavior.- Business Value, Estimation and Metrics.- Missing Deadlines Means Missing Market Opportunities.- Flipping the Run/Build Ratio - The Business Case for Software Craftsmanship.- Better Vendor RFPs and Contracts.- Servant Leadership.- How Teams Keep Learning and Improving.- Getting Coaching that Really Helps.- Capitalizing Software Investments.- Integrating Enterprise Methodology and Architecture with Fast-Moving Development Teams.- HR Agility.- Buy versus Build.- Brief Notes on Using Offshore Teams.- Highlighting the Differences Between Software Product Companies and Internal IT.- Conclusion.

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"A masterful, thought-provoking read for any business leader motivated to sustainably improve business value. Its delightfully entertaining but substance-rich style will readily guide you to "aha moments" on how to advance agile software development to enterprise scale!" (Conal Thompson, CTO and VP of IT, Chemical Abstracts Service, a Division of the American Chemical Society) "At recent conferences of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), I have enjoyed talking with Daryl, learning about his work, and witnessing the evolution of this book. I'm impressed with the way he and co-author Hong have effectively linked abstract concepts of systems theories with good, practical advice for software development teams. They've created a valuable bridge between academic scholarship in the systems field and the day-to-day functioning of software teams. A must-read for software managers." (Debora Hammond, PhD, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University; author of "The Science of Synthesis: Exploring the Social Implications General Systems Theory"; past president of ISSS) "Dr. Li and Daryl have produced a very nice book in "The Journey to Enterprise Agility." This book integrates the highest priority ingredients that are necessary to achieve true enterprise agility. My favorite ingredient is human relationships. This book not only includes important teaching on process, technology, value, etc. but also on human relationships. It is no wonder that Hong and Daryl have not only written this excellent book but also that they have spent their careers successfully developing systems within an enterprise agility framework." (Angelo Mazzocco, CIO, Central Ohio Primary Care) "This is a marvelous book! It only took a few pages to realize that the authors have created a sound basis for effective team performance. The Journey to Enterprise Agility provides a mindset, not a static formula, which is refreshing. Any software development organization that chooses not to embrace what this book offers probably misses an opportunity to enhance their performance." (Gene Bellinger, Director - Systems Thinking World, systemswiki.org) "Have you wondered how to improve the process of software product development? It's about changing your approach to leadership, your concept of professionalism, even how you see the world. But it's worth it. Daryl and Hong's book will give you details on how to make that shift." (Philip Pointer, VP Applications Development, Mednax National Medical Group)

About the Author

Daryl Kulak is an executive consultant with Pillar Technology in Columbus, Ohio. He has played almost every role on the software development team, from programmer to business analyst to architect to methodologist to tester to manager. Daryl has helped dozens of organizations in making the transition to Agile, and worked on his first iterative and incremental project in 1998 (before the Agile term was coined).Dr. Hong Li is a senior consultant working in Columbus, Ohio. He was born in China and was one of the lucky ones to survive the Cultural Revolution. He attended Purdue University and University of Pittsburgh, attaining a PhD in Engineering and an MBA. Hong helps organizations with custom software development and data analytical solutions, using an Agile development lifecycle. Hong has done extensive research in the systems thinking field, particularly focusing on Robert Rosen's work with the M-R model and anticipatory systems.

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